March 19, 2020 – Update


Notice to the community

HEALTH DEPARTMENT COVID UPDATE March 19, 2020

The situation in Canada is changing daily. Our health system is already feeling the burden.

The goal now is to SLOW the SPREAD. While we may not stop it, slowing the spread will help ensure that our health system can cope. This means that we won’t have to face the choices in Europe where they are rationing breathing machines. Instead, we’ll meet the needs as they evolve, especially for our elders.

WEARING GLOVES AND MASK

What we know is that wearing gloves and masks is NOT generally helpful in protecting you from infection. They offer a false sense of protection and actually increase the spread of germs if not used correctly.

Use a mask if:

  • You are sick and coughing and need to go out in  public
  • You are a health worker and have been instructed to do so

Use gloves if:

  • You have a small and direct job to do that puts you in contact with a lot of germs (e.g. cashiers handling cash, daycare worker changing a diaper). Don’t touch anything else with your gloves and remove and dispose after you have completed the small and direct job. Then wash your hands.

HANDWASHING

Soap and water is best. Wash for 20 seconds…this is a long time! Wash each finger and thumb separately. Wash under each finger nail. Wash your wrist. Check out this video: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1712519235782

NOW IS THE TIME TO DO YOUR PART TO HELP SLOW THE SPREAD

  1. Do not cross the border to the US
  2. Self isolate for 14 days if you cross the border (level 2 precaution….see below)
  3. Ask family and friends from across the border to NOT visit
  4. Refrain from any unnecessary travel, even local and especially outside of the region. Stay close to home.
  5. If you have contact with someone from a high risk area, MONITOR YOUR HEALTH CLOSELY (level three precaution….see below)
    1. At the first sign of sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath remove yourself from the general public and self-isolate

CHILD TAX DAY AND SHOPPING ON FRIDAY MARCH 20

Many of you will be wanting to shop on child tax day. Here are some tips

  • Call friends and neighbors and combine lists so that only one of you has to shop, or carpool
  • Arrange to have someone else watch your kids so they don’t have to come with you
  • Bring your own cloth bags and wash them once you are home
  • Go first thing in the morning. There are no shortages in supply but the shelves empty quickly
  • Avoid panic shopping but get two weeks’ worth of your regular groceries if you are able. If you’d like to stock up choose high protein foods and staples like rice and pasta. Bleach is a good option for home sanitizing. Remember, the supply is good, so you’ll be able to shop again next week.
  • Be prepared to wait in long line ups
  • Wash your hands when you come home
  • Contact the family development team if you need help shopping (ask for Ashley Bobb at switchboard). WE CAN HELP

Where to get your COVID 19 updates

Avoid Facebook and other non-legitimate source of information. Beware there are many scams right now. Do not give money over the internet to cures or charities related to the virus. Be careful which internet sites you visit as some of the more shady ones have increased malware associated.